• My wife has stage 3 Uterine (cervical) cancer! In her second week of radiation and her 2nd chemo....dealing with diarrhea! Immodium AD helps

    Asked by Tracey on Sunday, August 26, 2012

    My wife has stage 3 Uterine (cervical) cancer! In her second week of radiation and her 2nd chemo....dealing with diarrhea! Immodium AD helps

    is there anything else to help with the diarrhea?

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    • FreeBird's Avatar
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      What seemed to help me the most is the BRAT diet....bananas, rice, apples, toast. But I took Immodium as well, so it was probably the combination of the two. BTW.....she doesn't need to eat nothing but the BRAT foods, but try to include at least one of those foods with each meal. Unsweetened applesauce will work in place of the apples also.

      about 8 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      Nancyjac is correct. I am an oncology nurse and I agree that the BRAT diet is always best when combatting loose stools. She is right on the money.

      about 8 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar

      I had ovarian cancer... I used Immodium AD and it worked well. I used it every day.... The oncologist can give more specific drugs for more comfort... I had no taste for food... I ate french toast and chicken noodle soup (Campbel's) Taste came back at about a month into treatment. side effects came and went.. But I'm almost 7 years coancer free.... After the surgery, I too was a stage IIIC

      about 8 years ago
    • ev814's Avatar

      Tracey, the diarrhea will pass but she needs to replace the electrolytes that she is loosing and stay away from all dairy, including yogurt if she is consuming that, for a bit. Mine passed within 24 hours, but by all means, inform the doctor, the nurses and even the technicians about the after-effects. She also needs to rest a lot, and talk to a Certified Nutritionist who has the experience working with patients diagnosed and treating for cancer, so that the Nutritionist can support and advise about "nutritionally dense" foods that will help support the biology of your wife's digestive track while she experiences this unnatural but unfortunately, "normal" state after radiation.

      about 8 years ago
    • SandiD's Avatar

      I had this problem for a long time after a colon resection. I was prescribed Lomotil which was helpful. I was allowed to play with the dose & adjust it. Also, many people do not realize that Metamucil (or generic) can also help in a low dose without so much liquid. I take it in capsule form with just a bit of liquid a couple times a day. In the body it absorbs water & provides bulk. Again, the dose would have to be played with. This helps me better than medication. I hope it passes soon. Good luck!

      about 8 years ago
    • jenniferk's Avatar

      Have her check with her doctor. Mine had me take more than what the dose instructions say. I believe it was twice as much as the directions on the box.

      about 8 years ago
    • jenniferk's Avatar

      My doctors told me to stay away from fruits and veggies. They also had me double the amount of immodium but did not take it any more frequently.

      about 8 years ago

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